How do I talk to my doctor about urinary incontinence?

Most people don’t want to talk to their doctor about such a personal topic. But keep in mind that urinary incontinence is a common medical problem. Millions of women have the same problem, so your doctor has probably heard many stories like yours.Even if you feel shy, it is up to you to take the first step. Some doctors don’t treat bladder control problems, so they may not think to ask about it. Others might expect you to bring up the subject. If your doctor doesn’t treat bladder problems, ask for help finding a doctor who does.Here are some questions to ask your doctor:

  • Could what I eat or drink cause bladder problems?
  • Could my medicines (prescription or over-the-counter) cause bladder problems?
  • Could other medical conditions cause loss of bladder control?
  • What are the treatments to regain bladder control? Which one is best for me?
  • What can I do about the odor and rash caused by urine?

It may help to write down when you leak urine. Be sure to note what you were doing at the time, for example, sneezing, coughing, laughing, or sleeping. Take this log with you when you visit your doctor.